Transnational highly available Smart Factories in the Cloud

Unexpected machine or production tool failure affects the production process and product quality, and results in unplanned expenses for companies. Such production stoppages can negatively affect the competitiveness of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in particular.

This is where the HALFBACK project comes in to support SMEs in the production process and reduce machine down time. During the project a software prototype will be developed which will predict and optimize the maintenance planning of the production line using sensor data from the machine. At the same time options for moving production to another factory will be shown so that production does not have to be stopped. An intelligent "machine broker" will make the transnational coordination of  companies and machines possible.

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Furtwangen University (Project coordination)
Institut National des Sciences Appliquées (INSA) de Strasbourg, France
Université de Strasbourg, France

Associated Partners

Kirner Schleifmaschinen GmbH & Co. KG., Titisee-Neustadt, Germany
Senk CNC-Fräs- & Graviertechnik OHG, Emmendingen, Germany
Industrie Informatik GmbH & Co. KG, Riegel am Kaiserstuhl, Germany
inovex GmbH, Karlsruhe, Germany
GteO, Rosheim, France
INEVA SAS, Illkirch-Graffenstaden, France
Rhénatic, Pôle numérique en Alsace, France

Project duration: 04/2017 – 03/2020


Prof. Dr. Christoph Reich
IMZ & Faculty of Computer Science
Head of Information and Media Centre (IMZ)
Head of Computer Centre (scientific)
Tel: +49 (0)7723 920-2324
Fax: +49 (0)7723 920-1109
Furtwangen Campus, Room C 1.12

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